Lightning - Bruins Preview
Monday, 03.26.2012 / 11:35 PM
It’s the fourth and final meeting between the teams. The home team has taken all three matchups this season, with Tampa Bay holding a two-games-to-one advantage in the overall four-game season set. The Lightning’s most recent victory came just two weeks ago by a score of 6-1 after they also earned a win back on Jan. 17. Boston’s lone victory of the year came in just the second game of the season, as the Bruins beat the Bolts 4-1 on Oct. 8 at TD Garden.
The Big Story:
The Lightning celebrated their third consecutive win in style Monday night, as Steven Stamkos
set the franchise single-season record for goals, scoring number 53 in a 5-3 win over the Flyers to surpass teammate Vincent Lecavalier
, who recorded 52 goals in 2006-07. Tampa Bay now looks to extend its win streak to four games on Tuesday by playing its second consecutive match in as many nights, and will attempt to do so with goaltender Sebastien Caron
in net, who will make his team debut against the Bruins.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay will play in the second match of its three-game road trip, as well as wrap up the second half of a back-to-back set which kicked off Monday in Philadelphia. Steven Stamkos
scored his 53rd goal of the season and Ryan Malone
and Tom Pyatt
continued their current hot streaks with a pair of goals in the 5-3 victory against the Flyers. While the Lightning did a lot with a little, scoring five goals on just 15 shots, Dwayne Roloson
was equally as good at the other end, stopping 35 of 38 shots and coming up with a big game-saving stop on Jaromir Jagr with just 13 seconds to go in regulation to win his third straight game. Martin St. Louis
and JT Wyman
also had goals for Tampa Bay, which was playing without defenseman Victor Hedman
who was unavailable due to illness.
BRUINS – Boston returns home following a three-game road trip to kick off a two-game swing at TD Garden. The Bruins have won four of their past five games and nearly swept the three-game stint away from home, but opened up the trip with a 2-1 loss at San Jose before rebounding to win two straight. The most recent victory came Sunday at Anaheim, where Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins a two-goal lead before the Ducks got even their first on the board. An additional tally from Brian Rolston in the third all but sealed the Bruins’ victory, which helped Boston widen the gap to five points between themselves and Ottawa at the top of the Northeast Division.
Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone
comes in with points in two straight and in three of the past four games, recording two goals and four points in that span. Steven Stamkos
also has three goals in his past two games, while Tim Wallace
is currently riding a three-game point streak with a goal and three points in that span. For the Bruins, Brian Rolston has three goals and 11 points in his past six games for Boston, while Chris Kelly has recorded three goals and seven points in his past five.
LIGHTNING - Mattias Ohlund
(knee, out for season, placed on Injured Reserve), Dana Tyrell
(knee, out for season, placed on Injured Reserve), Marc-Andre Bergeron
(upper body, out for season), Vincent Lecavalier
(non-displaced hand fracture, out indefinitely), Mathieu Garon
(torn groin muscle, out 3-4 weeks), Adam Hall
(upper body, day-to-day), Ryan Shannon
(upper body, out for season), Nate Thompson
(upper body, day-to-day) and Victor Hedman
BRUINS – Rich Peverley (torn MCL), Tuukka Rask (abdomen), Nathan Horton (concussion) and Marc Savard (concussion).
“I told myself if I was ever going to give it another shot, I would be more ready for it, and I think I am. Now I'm more laid back. I go with the flow. I'm just going to enjoy my time here and do my best and try to do a show.” – Sebastien Caron
, as told to The Tampa Bay Times, on making his team debut Tuesday against the Bruins
The Lightning's Nate Thompson
was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round (183rd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Thompson made his NHL debut with the Bruins on October 21, 2006 and played four career games with Boston, while he skated in 216 regular-season and 37 playoff games with the team's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, from 2005-2008. Martin St. Louis
and Tim Thomas were teammates at the University of Vermont from 1993-97. Lightning founder Phil Esposito won two Stanley Cups (1970 & 1972) with Boston and set the former NHL record by scoring 76 regular-season goals with the Bruins in 1970-71. Esposito's record was broken by Wayne Gretzky's 92-goal campaign in 1981-82.